Photocatalytic Oxidation of Benzene in Air

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Hisahiro Einaga, Takashi Ibusuki, Shigeru Futamura

National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology, Ibaraki, Japan

J. Sol. Energy Eng 126(2), 789-793 (May 04, 2004) (5 pages) doi:10.1115/1.1687402 History: Received August 01, 2003; Revised November 01, 2003; Online May 04, 2004
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Photochemical reactors used in this study
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Diffuse reflectance UV-VIS spectrum of TiO2 and emission spectrum of 20 W black light
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Dependence of benzene conversion on the amount of TiO2 loaded in the reactor
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Time course for benzene photooxidation with TiO2 under various conditions
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Effect of initial benzene concentration on the rate of benzene photooxidation
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Effect of incident light intensity at 365 nm on the rate of benzene photooxidation
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Log-log plot of the reaction rate versus incident light intensity
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Changes in the UV-VIS spectra of carbonaceous materials on TiO2. (a) Intensity at 0.002 Einsteins min−1 (365 nm), (b) at 0.008 Einsteins min−1 , and (c) at 0.02 Einsteins min−1 .
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Effect of the incident light intensity on the selectivity to CO2 and CO
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Reaction mechanism for benzene photooxidation on TiO2




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